Thompson seventh at nationals, earns second All-American tag

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UW-Platteville junior and former Perry standout wrestler Zachary Thompson awaits his next match March 12 at the NCAA DIII championship tourney in Cedar Rapids. At right is Pioneer head coach Trevor Kittleson, who coached Thompson while at the helm of the Bluejays. Photo submitted.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — UW-Platteville junior Zachary Thompson finished 4-2 March 11-12 at the NCAA DIII national tournament, earning seventh-place at 133 pounds and a second career designation as an All-American.

Thompson was a four-time state tournament placer for Perry and followed his head coach, Trevor Kittleson, to Loras College. Kittleson moved from a Duhawk assistant to the Pioneer head coach this year, and Thompson followed him to UW-Platteville.

Thompson (19-9) defeated Luis Hernandez (4-3) of Ithaca College with a 10-3 decision in the preliminary round, but suffered a 12-3 major decision loss to 26-1 Dalton Rohrbaugh (York College) in the first round of championship bracket action.

He then won consecutive matches on the consolation side to stay alive, first scoring a 3-2 win over Zach Levey (23-9) of College of Brockport and then a 14-3 major decision against Luke Kowalski (31-9) of Gettysburg College.

David Massey (9-3) of the University of Mt. Union edged Thompson, 4-3, sending the former Bluejay into the seventh-place match.

Thompson drew Joe Pins (26-6) of Wartburg College and stopped the Knight, 9-3, to end his season on a winning note.

Justin Stammer, a former Perry teammate of Thompson, is a member of the Wartburg team. The Knights won their 15th national crown at the event.

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